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>> good evening, everyone. my name is syria i'm the executive director of artists ease cultural center it's my pleasure to ask the honorable mayor ed lee to come to the stage and say a couple of words (clapping.). well, thank you syria and also
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thank you for your our leadership and arab cultural center. i wanted to be here tonight i don't have enough time to watch the american stories i understand it's about community and community believe and it themes isulnar valuable i know you'll have a wonderful panel discussion afterwards but i want to signal my american heritage month in the city and stress to you the importance of building bridges to utilize our city to the vandal. i want to make sure our city government as well as the things we do continue that strong history of diversity in our city. i i know the americans community
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is strong and we need to promote that. i hope that with this film and with the theme with e and with the panel discussion that all of us do our part in being ambassadors of our different cults and continue breaking the barriers and creating understood. having come back from soul contemporary and china we're welcome to be a voice in the rest of the word where there's misunderstanding for a lot of things. here we had a better job in san francisco promoting the understanding and want to continue that leadership. let the film begin but thank you for reaching out across our
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different communities to built a stronger international community. thank you very much equal good everybody and thank you for being here to witness and a celebrate the signing of dues process for all ordinance in san francisco. and first, i'd like to commend supervisor avalos for your work supervisor in bringing this important legislation to this body before the board and public. i want to thank all the other
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supervisors as a role wholly know they spent a lot of time on this to think about the changes we're macro and i especially want to give a particular things to tang and kim for oh, amendments it strengthened the ordinance itself. i also want to give a very strong thank you it the numerous agencies about public safety but the cabinet rights ease the cabinet advocates many are in the room today including the groups that xhiepsz is rights committee i had the opportunity to hear the stories of victim who were getting tangled up with icing detainers for trying to cooperate with our police department.
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i'm also glad to have our police chief and he also is the first chief in the state of california to support assemblyman trust act which all of you has been signed by governor brown. thousands of our members of our limited english and immigrant community, in fact, all our commensurate's live in fear of did he portion and they've mistrusted the system. so this is a message i want to send by the signing of this ordinance and i'm speaking to our immigrant communities that's it's safe absolutely save to call the police if you're a victim or witness to a crime. everyone knows we need to stand
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against s come we also retain some local flexibility to deal with violent felons and while we compromised on that aspect of it and understood how complicated that was that perhaps we had points of view on we never lost sight of getting rid of s came. so we do what i think other government's should do we found the common ground and that's why i'm proud to be signing this ordinance. i'd like to take p the opportunity to invite supervisor avalos what it's meant to him but basing also to the rest of the city.
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thank you, mr. mayor. and i want to thank you for your work on this legislation. we met in early august to discuss this item and i was very impressed with how much you thought about the issue and what the city is facing and the immigrant in inform and around this country is facing with the s come system. your well, with our staff. i want to thank law enforcement as well as for your input in contrast this legislation and thank you sheriff and the police departments who helped craft this legislation. i most of all, i didn't bring this legislation forward as the defense economy did interest i represent a district about 50 percent of usor foreign-born so
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some people on the street have experience with immigration that are really unfair to the contributions they're making in san francisco but the organizing that was good morning and the conversation was very, very strong and actually passing this legislation and doing the advocacy puts you tell u us at a higher level to protect immigrants. and the relationship we build between government and community will strengthen our police efforts to make us safer. and most of all, i want to thank people like nellie who got entangled as a victim and later spent 8 months facing deportation procedures. no one should have to have fear
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of calling the police wondering if they're going to get deported. people should be able to come forward as witnesses or victims and this legislation helps that happen. as the mayor said no one here should have any fear again if you're immigrant call the police whether you're a victim or witness. i want to thank the colleagues. i do want to thank supervisor kim for helping to bring forward amendments we worked all agree on to move forward this legislation. everyone are regardless of our citizenship status should have due process and it's a constitutional right and it's the fifth amendment of our constitution and we here in san francisco uphold that and we say
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that our values should drive our values. thank you, mr. mayor. look forward to your signing this legislation (clapping) there it is, done (clapping)

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